Charming Kitchen Cafe Apron Set for Kids: a quick tutorial


Kids love working in the kitchen with their parents and friends. Nurture creativity and make these occasions even more special with a handmade charming kitchen cafe apron. Our quick project incorporates twill tape to provide a slot for a large tasting spoon, as well as buttons to hang a tea towel (sewn with buttonhole) and a potholder* sized appropriately for petite hands.

This quick cafe apron is well-suited and sized for 3-6 year olds. It’s easily modified by slightly adjusting the apron panel  and lengthening the waist trim and ties to fit your own child. You might consider personalizing a freezer stenciled version on a solid linen or denim for a young man or use a favorite worn t-shirt and take an Alabama Chanin approach.


  • up to half yard main fabric (orange birds) cut to 22.5 inches wide by 13 inches tall
  • 1/4 yard contrasting (orange damask) print
  • 2-4 inches x 44 inches wide of the stripe contrast print; you could also substitute 1.5-2 yards of bias trim
  • additional scraps smaller than 5 x 5 inches
  • 5 x 5 inch batting, felt or cushy layers for potholder insert
  • 1 yard bias trim or twill tape (turquoise trim on potholder)
  • orphaned buttons
  • fabric glue to stabilize the ends of the twill tape
  • cutting tools including ruler, rotary cutter (or scissors), self-healing cutting mat
  • Printed tutorial (link below)

The Tutorial for the Apron, Potholder and Tea Towel is available as a free PDF download. Everything can be whipped up in a couple hours or less depending how quick and determined you are.

*While I don’t recommend that a child actually handle anything hot, I think the pot holder can be used to gently push away mostly cooled items or to play in their own kid-sized kitchen. Exercise common sense.

Finished Dimensions of this version:

  • Cafe Apron: 13 tall x 21″ wide (these ties are shot, they extend 10.5 inches on each side)
  • Tea Towel: 7.25 x
  • Potholder Mitt: 5.16 x 5.16″
  •  *The model has a 19.5 inch waist and has been wearing this every chance she gets

For more about the Daisy Chain line by Prints Charming please read our post, here.

If you’re feeling generous, support Charm Stitch and purchase this pattern for $1 on Craftsy.

If you’re so inclined, please share your favorite things to make with the kids in your life. For example, mine always enjoy desserts like mixing batter, dipping things in chocolate, cutting/smooshing onions, making salads and sandwiches; we are always looking for new ideas.

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5 Responses to “Charming Kitchen Cafe Apron Set for Kids: a quick tutorial”

  1. shelly says:

    February 5th, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    This is so cute and smart!

  2. julianne says:

    March 24th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I’ve been looking for a simple and cute apron pattern to make for the girls I nanny for – this is it!

  3. Laura says:

    March 28th, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    That’s just what I want to hear! I hope the aprons are a success.

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